For eight years up to the middle of 2011, Waltham St. Lawrence Silver band sponsored a young Indian, Prodip Robidas (left) and his community through the World Vision India Malda Area Development Programme.
During that time, the band donated over £1,700 to the programme, which has now closed. It has improved people's lives in the areas in a wide range of areas, including safe water supply, malaria prevention, immunization and education for both children and adults.
The band continues to help local charities on an ad hoc basis, by donating part of the proceeds of concerts to them. Nominations for a charity that will receive regular sponsorship as the successor to World Vision are still being considered.